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Audient AP8024-HE Console Makes Teaching Signal Flow “A Dream”

Audient AP8024-HE Console Makes Teaching Signal Flow “A Dream”

At West Valley College, Director of Commercial Music, Jeff Forehan is discovering how easy it is to teach signal flow to his music/recording students with the new ASP8024 Heritage Edition mixing console, which he refers to as “a serious upgrade.” Since the arrival of the desk, things are falling into place much more quickly for the students.

 

They love it. Although they are intimidated at first, with proper instruction they get it easily.” According to Jeff, that’s down to the console itself. “Teaching signal flow is a dream; it’s very logically laid out.”

 

“Teaching signal flow is a dream; it’s very logically laid out”

 

Comprising 48 channels as well as Dual Layer Control (DLC) for easy integration with DAW, the British desk measures close to 3 metres (just under 10ft) so it’s no wonder it might be imposing at first glance.

 

Yet despite its size, it was actually the cost that was one of the driving factors in choosing Audient. “We were able to get so much more bang for our buck, not only in terms of extra features on the desk, but also to purchase the outboard gear, monitors etc. It is also way less complicated than the other high-end professional desk we were considering.”

 

“The creative master section and built-in bus compressor are nice touches”

 

The Audient is at the heart of the school’s surprisingly large studio space, which is blessed with high ceilings and adjustable acoustics. “It’s large enough to record a full rhythm section, small choir or jazz band – which we have done. That room is shared with the video/film program so we have a green screen, great lighting as well as a collection of state of the art cameras.” Jeff adds, “The control room needs a facelift, but it is large enough for 25-30 students to hang out in comfortably as I instruct.”

Students huddle around the 3 metre wide ASP8024-HE with Jeff Forehan

 

Once the ASP8024-HE was installed, Jeff’s decision to choose Audient was substantiated: it was indeed a serious upgrade. “The sound, for one, is an incredible improvement over what we had,” he confirms. “The creative master section and built-in bus compressor are nice touches as well.”

 

All of this aligns with West Valley College’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality educational experience. “We continually refine our course offerings in terms of content/projects as well as our comprehensive 24-unit Commercial Music Production certificate of achievement program, which includes my commercial music/recording programs,” he explains.

 

Director of Commercial Music, Jeff Forehan gets hands-on

Classes incorporating use of the Audient console are Recording Arts I, II, III, Sound Design (for Foley and VO) and Music Production from which some 60-75 students will get their hands on it over the course of the year.

 

All in all, the future of West Valley College is bright. A new music building which will include a state-of-the-art recording studio is on the horizon, with construction due to start in a couple of years.

 

In the meantime, Audient wishes Jeff and his students every success with their new desk.

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API Consoles and the Revival of Macon Georgia’s Capricorn Studios

API Consoles and the Revival of Macon Georgia’s Capricorn Studios

The visionaries of Mercer University, under the direction of President William Underwood and with the hands on diligence of Larry Brumley, Mercer’s Vice President tackled an enormous undertaking to save and revitalize one of pop music’s most iconic recording studios.

Among many important decisions that had to be made was a replacement console to the original API console that lived in the studio since the 70’s, and recorded so many legendary records, including most of the Allman Brothers catalog, Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels band and so many others at the leading edge of the Southern Rock music scene.

The decision was made to acquire a new API 2448 Recording Console to replace the 70’s era API console that lived at Capricorn.

With the choice of 3 different frame sizes, 24, 32 and 40 channels, Capricorn selected the largest 2448 frame built to date, a fully featured 40 channel version. With 40 Mic Pres and 40 API equalizers, each channel features two inputs, both with faders. Combining the Main Fader, the 2nd Fader and the 4 Stereo Returns gives the system an impressive 88 channels feeding the mix buses.

Rounding out the system is API’s ‘Final Touch’ motorized fader automation system, which is now compatible with Vision, Legacy AXS and 1608-II consoles, allowing projects to move seamlessly between facilities equipped with those API consoles.

Steve Ivey, a Mercer graduate and Grammy award winning producer engineer based out of Nashville was a key figure in the planning and revitalization of the studio.

“For 50 years API consoles and Capricorn Studios together have made a worldwide, profound impact in music and recording,” said Ivey. “As a Mercer University music graduate who learned to record on an API console, under the direction of Capricorn producer Paul Hornsby, I am thrilled to be a part of the team taking Capricorn Studios and API into the next era of recording great music.”

Daily management and chief engineer roles are carried by Rob Evans, another Mercer graduate. “Evans says that in 2016, when Gregg Allman was receiving an honorary degree, he told president Underwood, ‘The room is perfect. Don’t change a thing.’ He also said, ‘Get an analog console,’ so we’ve honored Gregg’s request.”

“We were honored to be a part of the Grand Opening festivities in December. It is gratifying to see the original API console from the 70’s being replaced by a new API console, keeping the heritage and legend of this studio alive,” said Larry Droppa, President of API. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to hear the new music that is going to come out of the facility. A huge thank you from the music community to Mercer University for having the vision to move forward and keep this dream alive.”

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Men at Work Commission 48-channel API Legacy AXS console at the University of Tasmania

Men at Work Commission 48-channel API Legacy AXS console at the University of Tasmania

API’s Radovan Maricic and Ben Eckroth are currently in the Land Down Under commissioning this 48-channel Legacy AXS console at the University of Tasmania.
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NK SOUND TOKYO Installs World’s Largest Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console

NK SOUND TOKYO Installs World’s Largest Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console

Tokyo, Japan – Originally opened in 2015 by engineer Neeraj Khajanchi, NK SOUND TOKYO has recently made a large update to its main studio with the addition of an 80-input Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console, which is the largest 5088 sold to date. The console was provided by Rupert Neve’s longtime Japanese distributor Hook-Up Inc. and is loaded with 48 channels of Shelford 5052 Mic Preamp / Inductor EQ modules.

NK SOUND TOKYO is divided into four rooms: AQQA, a mastering room; RUBY and SILVER, two dubbing / mixing rooms; and GOLD, the tracking room that houses the new 5088 – one of the largest of its kind in the world. “Originally, we had a 48 channel SSL E Series,” comments Khajanchi. “When we revamped the studio in 2019, I had been trying Rupert Neve Designs’ Portico 5024 4-channel preamps, then purchased two Shelford Channels. Overall the stability, sound quality, ease-of-use, and customizability of the 5088 is amazing.” The studio also has a massive XLR patchbay for its impressive collection of outboard gear, so Khajanchi said that keeping all of the studio’s connections XLR to XLR was important to him.

Khajanchi works on a large variety of musical projects at NK SOUND including J-Pop, video game music, commercial music for television, rock, and high fidelity jazz recordings. “The 5088 is just super clean,” says Khajanchi. “I get out of it what I put into it, which is great! Having all that headroom really helps give me the beautiful reverb tails and super clean sustain on all my instruments. But when I do need some character, I go straight for the SILK switch and add color to my tracks that way.”

Since re-opening the studio in September 2019, Khajanchi says they have been extremely busy. “Just within the past two months we have tracked albums for over fifteen artists, and are now in the process of mixing all the albums…recording and mixing on the 5088 has sparked my love for analog gear once again!”

 

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Slate Black Friday Sale – Raven MTi2, Raven MTZ & Core Station Desk

Slate Black Friday Sale – Raven MTi2, Raven MTZ & Core Station Desk

RAVEN MTZ

Over the past three decades, the entire recording studio ecosystem has shifted from a tactile analog environment to a virtual digital environment which rests upon a computer screen.

In 2012, Slate Media Technology realized that in order to get the most immersive studio workflow, no better solution existed than to turn the screen into a world-class control surface. So we created the RAVEN, a multi-touch monitor that integrates seamlessly with digital audio workstation software.

RAVENs are now found in top studios around the globe, including those of Snoop, Will.i.am, Steve Aoki, Mark Needham, Dolly Parton, and many more.

Now in 2019, we’re proud to announce the next evolution of the large format professional RAVEN Series, the RAVEN MTZ

The MTZ boasts a 43″ projective capacitance no-bezel panel with TEN ultra-accurate multi-touch points. With a depth of only 1.5″, the MTZ is sleek, ergonomic, and the ultimate solution for the modern professional studio.

We are proud to announce that the first RAVEN MTZ will be installed in the world-famous NRG Recording Studios Mix Room C, where it will replace an older large-format analog console.

The MTZ will have multiple desk options made by top manufacturers such as Zaor, Argosy, Sterling Modular, and more.

RAVEN MTi2

In the past decade, the technological revolution has transformed audio into a medium that is produced and delivered in the digital domain. Powerful Digital Audio Workstations have transferred the entire recording studio into a virtual environment where all elements of the studio appear conveniently on a computer screen. But what has been lacking with the modern digital studio, is the same powerful workflow as what was accomplished on tactile mixing consoles. So back in 2012, Slate Media Technology came up with a solution. If the entire production studio was on a computer screen, why not turn the actual computer screen INTO a world class control surface? And the RAVEN series of Multi-Touch consoles was born. Soon the RAVEN would be the preferred control surfaces of major studios, engineers, producers, artists, and educational institutions like Mark Needham, Terry Lewis, Will.i.am, Jimmy Douglass, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, Full Sail University, and SAE.

We are proud to offer the newest addition to the RAVEN series, the MTi2. The MTi2 has all of the powerful features of its predecessors, but at a cost that is the same as most regular high end 27” computer monitors!

The RAVEN MTi2 is a state of the art 27” Multi-Touch Production Console featuring a state of the art multi-touch panel and the powerful new RAVEN 3.0 Control Software.  Using the RAVEN MTi2, users have access to multi-touch faders, pans, sends, and tweak plugins with their fingers as if they were real hardware.  The RAVEN 3.0 Control Software also features a user-customizable multi-function TOOLBAR and the award-winning BATCH COMMAND SYSTEM, a powerful automated task application that will save audio engineers hours per day by cutting out tedious technical tasks.

RAVEN CORE STATION

The RAVEN CORE STATION offers professional audio engineers with a complete production console ecosystem that is configurable to their needs with up to two world-class RAVEN touch panels, a Slate Control Monitoring system, an award-winning RAVEN software that turns all major DAWs into a world-class control surface. The CORE Station features a modular design that accommodates multiple configurations. Standard included components allow for single setup with a centered MTi2 or a dual setup housing two MTi2’s. A 3rd configuration allows the user to pair a single MTi2 with a four rack space accessory panel which will be sold separately. Each CORE Station desk includes a cutout for the Slate Control analog monitoring controller on the right-hand side. A blank plate is included for use without the Slate Control. The CORE Station features a standard satin black finish with silver RAVEN side panels. The desk is a modular design and assembles with ease.
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Rupert Neve Designs 5088 – Sound Without Compromise

Rupert Neve Designs 5088 – Sound Without Compromise

Sound Without Compromise

To stay current in the recording business you must be able to continuously adapt your environment to the needs at hand. Because the 5088 is completely modular, channel strips and Portico processing modules like EQ, microphone preamplification and dynamics can be added or removed to meet constantly changing demands and eliminate the massive redundancies of consoles from yesteryear. If you don’t need it, your console doesn’t need it either.

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The Studios at Linden Oaks Commissions 32 Channel API 2448 Console

The Studios at Linden Oaks Commissions 32 Channel API 2448 Console

The Studios at Linden Oaks in Rochester, NY has commissioned a 32 channel API 2448 Console for their Studio A space. A recording facility that hosts clients from world-renowned recording artists and commercial clientele like HBO, General Motors and NBC, to recording projects for faculty and students of the Eastman School of Music, the Studios at Linden Oaks was in need of a versatile console that would suit their vast expanse of sonic needs.

“For the past 10 years, our facility has been using a 32 fader DAW control surface, along with a smaller analog console. It was a great ‘hybrid’ system for some projects, but a real challenge for tracking larger ensembles with live players,” says Steve Forney, the Chief Engineer/Studio Manager at Linden Oaks.

“Our 32 channel API 2448 solves that challenge with in-line signal path architecture, excellent routing flexibility, DAW control, automation and of course, legendary API sound. Thanks to the kind folks at Gold-Diggers and RSPE Audio Solutions in Los Angeles, I was able to test drive their 2448 desk and was immediately impressed with not only the ‘big board’ feel and unmistakable API sound, but also the value. We couldn’t be happier with our choice of the 32 channel 2448.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES INC.)

Established 50 years ago, Automated Processes Inc. is the world leader in analog recording gear, and features the Vision, Legacy AXS, 2448, 1608-II, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its legendary line of analog signal processing equipment.

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Capricorn Sound Studios Orders API 2448 

Capricorn Sound Studios Orders API 2448

OCTOBER 2019; JESSUP, MD: API announces the sale of an automated 40 channel 2448 console to Capricorn Sound Studios, home of the former Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia. Now owned by Mercer University, commissioning of the new 2448 will coincide with the 50th year of Capricorn’s involvement in the music industry.

Capricorn Records was initially founded by Phil Walden, Alan Walden and Otis Redding. The label became famous in the 1970s and represented iconic Southern rock groups such as the Allman Brothers, Wet Willie, and the Marshall Tucker Band. After experiencing economic difficulties, Capricorn ceased doing business in 2002. In 2015 the property which housed the original studio was donated to Mercer University, which has undertaken the restoration of this important musical landmark. The new facility will be known as Mercer Music at Capricorn.

“For 50 years API consoles and Capricorn Studios together have made a worldwide, profound impact in music and recording,” said Music Producer and Writer Steve Ivey. “As a Mercer University music graduate who learned to record on an API console, under the direction of Capricorn producer Paul Hornsby, I am thrilled to be a part of the team taking Capricorn Studios and API into the next era of recording great music.”

Steve Ivey with the new Capricorn Sound Studios 2448 console, on display at AES New York, October 2019

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES INC.)

Established 50 years ago, Automated Processes Inc. is the world leader in analog recording gear, and features the Vision, Legacy AXS, 2448, 1608-II, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its legendary line of analog signal processing equipment.

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California State University, Chico installs ASP8024-HE

California State University, Chico installs ASP8024-HE

Audient Helps Teach From The Ground Up at Major California University

California State University, Chico has recently installed a 24-channel ASP8024-HE mixing console, upgrading its facilities to ensure students continue to get the comprehensive music and audio engineering learning experience they expect.

“I’ve never heard one bad thing about Audient consoles”

Dann Sargent, Recording Arts Program Coordinator explains the setup. “We run 24/7 with two full studios, one mix/dub studio, two mix/edit suites and one electronic music studio, along with a mobile recording studio and live sound system(s). We work every acoustic environment you would want from dry booths to our new chamber concert hall.”

Recording Arts program coordinator, Dann Sargent oversees students working at the ASP8024-HE console at Chico State

The new Audient desk has been installed in the dub studio, where Recording Arts students start their journey learning the rudiments of audio and signal flow. Dann describes it as a stepping stone: “This console better prepares students to confidently grow into working with more complex systems.” Advanced students can also be found in this studio working on production editing and mixes.

Audient ASP8024-HE takes pride of place in the mix/dub studio at Chico State

What else was it about the British console that stood out to Dann? “It has many of the things you’d expect a console of this size would have. Bus matrix, in-line processing, 2-bus processing, full featured monitoring and foldback. I also like that it’s a large console, which allows multiple students to work at it and learn at the same time. And – it sounds great.”

 

Of course he had to keep an eye on the budget, when choosing a new desk. It so happens that the ASP8024 Heritage Edition comes in very well on cost. “It’s a large format analogue recording console that doesn’t cost me half a million dollars!” As far as potential maintenance costs go, Dann did his research. “I’ve never heard one bad thing about Audient consoles.”

After a painless install – “Once the console was in the room, it took us less than a day to get up and running” – initial reactions have been positive.  “Everyone really enjoys it. It easy to teach and easy for students to learn the fundamentals of signal flow. Students love both the workflow and look of the console. The walnut trim is a really nice touch, as well.”

“It easy to teach and easy for students to learn the fundamentals of signal flow”

So it doesn’t only sound good, it also looks the part. “I give tours all the time and prospective students are equally impressed with the ASP8024-HE as they are with the Duality!” says Dann.

All Recording Arts students will get to work on this console throughout the year – that’s 150 pairs of hands. “Three times that many will have eyes and ears on it as well!” he adds. “With the studios available around the clock, students are already seeking out the ASP8024-HE to book.”

After nearly 30 years of educating students in music and audio recording, the focus of the Recording Arts program at Chico State remains strong: to build a solid foundation in the myriad of skills necessary to have a successful career in the music industry. “We’re always looking to grow and evolve along with our industry. As faculty, we’re engineers and musicians ourselves. We relish the opportunity to bring in new curriculum such as VR, Dolby Atmos, and the reintroduction of ambisonics into modern workflows.

“With the studios available around the clock, students are already seeking out the ASP8024-HE to book”

“At the same time, we pride ourselves on the fact the students learn fundamental, lifelong audio skills that transcend consoles or DAWs. Delivery mediums will always change but great music needs great gear and great ears,” continues Dann.

As for the future? “We’re looking forward to the ASP8024-HE serving our program for years. The true test for the longevity of a console is to put it in the hands of students!”

Absolutely. Luckily Audient consoles are built to last. Here’s to a great year, Dann!